What is the reason for the development of the method?
The immediate reason for the method arose after Ronald, as a fundraiser for the Agapè Foundation (2006-2014), had studied what the Bible says about money and everything related to it. A world opened up in the Bible that Ronald had never observed. More than 2000 texts appear to cover topics such as: "do business fairly,care for the poor and the stranger, care for the land / creation, relationships,dealing with money and talents, etc. "
The texts are throughout the Bible and they provide tools for developing a God-pleasing lifestyle as a Christian.
It became clear to Ronald that practical education about these things hardly takes place within the church (in the Netherlands).
Other new insights
More insights emerged during that time, such as:
- The realization that the Jewish people also occupy an important place in God's heart today.
- The importance of forming followers of Jesus Christ. Make deep investments in believers around you. In short discipleship.
- The importance of celebrating the parties, including the Autumn parties.
The question to God was, what do YOU want me to do with these things and how?
It became clear to Ronald that God asked him to develop a children's work method in which all these elements would be present.
But how then Lord, how can I teach the children all this? was Ronald's question.
Because things seem to be separate from the Gospel. Many of the commandments are in the first 5 books of the Bible. As well as the instructions for celebrating the Festivities. The relationship of God with Israel also finds its origin there. These things seem to have nothing to do with the Gospel.
God immediately provided a solution that was not very obvious. Ronald came across the book, "Markus and the Torah" from 1987. This book is a doctoral research by Dr. Dirk Monshouwer, pastor within the Reformed Church. He investigated the relationship between a three-year reading schedule of the Torah and the Mark gospel. (It is about the Three Year Torah Cycle. More about this in the brochure about the class schedule on this site, page 8-11.) Monshouwer discovered that the Mark Gospel was written to the rhythm of this reading schedule. And what is the rhythm? The rhythm is the Feasts of God, which are celebrated every year. The themes of the parties are highlighted in the reading schedule exactly on the date that they are to be celebrated. You only discover this secret if you follow this schedule.
It is not surprising that the Mark gospel also follows the rhythm of the festivals, because the festivals point to the Messiah! Jesus came to earth to fulfill the scriptures and therefore also the festivals. Mark wanted to make this clear when writing the Gospel. And because the whole Gospel is so clearly present in the Torah, the Torah is also called the fifth Gospel.
This discovery paved the way to start Biblical teaching from Genesis 1 and to let the children discover from verse 1 of Genesis that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are present and what the plan is for Their creation.
Along the way, the children discover how everything refers to Jesus Christ, the Messiah. They discover the plan of God with the Jewish people and His church. And as they go through the Torah, they examine how God's commandments are still full of wisdom and LIFE today. All components could / could find a place within this context.
This was the start of the adventure. During the five years of development, God has added many elements to the method that were not provided in advance. The most important elements are on the page The Core of Let's go! and in the overview of it schedule.